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January 10, 2009

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Date:Saturday, January 10, 2009
Time:10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Venue:Virginia Museum Of Natural History
Address:21 Starling Avenue
Martinsville, VA 24112
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From:Virginia Museum Of Natural History

This spectacular family festival features exhibits, games, food and fun activities for visitors of all ages.

Specimens on display at the festival included an Allosaurus skeleton, a skeleton of a 14 million year old baleen whale - Eobalaenoptera - suspended from a towering 40-foot ceiling, an animatronic model of a Triceratops, a display of a Syntarsus dinosaur with its prey, a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull, a recreated Phytosaurus, and dinosaurs bones and other fossils collected at actual Virginia Museum Of Natural History research sites around the world.

A skeleton of a Pteranodon suspended from the towering 40-foot ceiling of the museum's Harvest Foundation Great Hall now greets visitors to the Museum. The specimen has a 20-foot wing-span, it is diving toward visitors standing on the bridge overlooking both the Museum's lobby and The Great Hall. Pteranodons lived around 89 to 70 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous period, and was one of the largest types of pterosaur - flying reptiles - with a wingspan of up to 30 feet. Pteranodon had toothless beaks, similar to those of modern birds. The creatures were reptiles, but not dinosaurs. However, dinosaurs and pterosaurs may have been closely related, and most paleontologists place them together in the group Ornithodira, or "bird necks".

All Day:Dino Dig Pit - Strap on your goggles and grab your tools to search for "dino fossils" in the Dino Dig Pit.

Jurassic Jeopardy Game - Attention teachers encourage your students to visit the Museum on Dino Day! As part of the dino-mite activities during the festival, the Museum host a Jurassic Jeopardy game for students.

All Day:Dino Crafts - Make your very own dino crafts during Dino Day.

All Day:Learn about Virginia Museum Of Natural History Expeditions - Learn about how you can take part in exciting Virginia Museum Of Natural History Expeditions. The Museum offers numerous opportunities for the public to take part in excavations in Virginia, Wyoming, and other locations. Find out what it takes to become a Paleontologist!

All Day:Vertebrate Paleontology Lab Information - Virginia Museum Of Natural History staff and volunteers will be on hand to explain the work being conducted in the Museum's Elster Foundation Vertebrate Paleontology Lab. The Lab is viewable to visitors through large windows that offer a glimpse into the important work done by Virginia Museum Of Natural History scientists and volunteers.

All Day:Special Dino Films - Don't miss the CineMuse film "Walking with Dinosaurs: A Time of Titans" in our high-definition ****** Furniture Theater!

2 p.m:Fossil Identification - Bring in your fossils and have them identified by Virginia Museum Of Natural History curators! From dinosaurs to whales, Virginia Museum Of Natural History scientists can help you identify your fossils.

All Day:Costumed Dino Characters - Have your picture taken with 'Cera' the Triceratops and friends.

A Special Dino Day Play - Students from Carlisle School will present the play "Dr. Belinda Brilliant and her Amazing Learn More Machine: Dinosaurs." Join Dr. Brilliant as she uses her 'Amazing Learn More Machine' to travel back in time to 150 million years ago to study dinosaurs.